2015 ‘Inviting Vines’ Garden Tour

Posted by clematis on Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection present Inviting Vines, a tour of one rarely opened private garden in Estacada and the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This year’s event ticket includes three lectures about growing clematis by our internationally recognized curator, Linda Beutler. We will also be serving refreshments throughout the day at Kinzy Faire. Please join us for a lovely daylong country outing.

Kinzy Faire Garden

The three acre garden, Kinzy Faire, is rarely open to the public. Kinzy Faire is the garden of Penny Vogel and the late Millie Kiggins and long considered one of the best. It is the result of thirty years of experimentation and now being shared by a new generation. “The owner casts a wide net of friendship within the local and international clematis societies, allowing her to evaluate even more clematis for their potential in her own garden. I have often seen clematis behave better in her garden — flower more generously, grow more vigorously—than anywhere else.” See this Pacific Horticulture feature article, with pictures.

Kinzy Faire is now the best garden featuring clematis I have ever seen, anywhere. —Linda Beutler, President of the International Clematis Society

Kinzy Faire is the result of a collaborative effort by the former property owner, Millie Kiggins and her friend (and gardener extraordinaire), Penny Vogel. Penny started the garden in 1986 just for the love of gardening. Millie was more interested in an expansive lawn, building birdhouses, benches, and even a small chapel. She pretty much gave Penny free reign to do as she wished with the garden. It started small around the house Penny and her husband Bill were renting and has grown to its current three-acre size. In the early 1990s, Kinzy Faire was the site for a Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend with a cottage garden theme.

Kinzy Faire Garden

To say that the gardeners’ accomplishments dazzled visitors would be an understatement. Subsequently, articles in Fine Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living Gardens garnered national attention. The garden is a blend of textures, colors and design - full of shrubs, perennials, native plants, hydrangeas, roses and trees…in addition to the clematis. Penny has given special consideration to plant combinations.

The garden’s beyond compare, with a majestic view of Mount Hood in the background and nearly three acres of plants of every size, color and description. —Anne Jaeger

Regrettably, this garden is not convenient for wheelchairs.

Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm

The Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm occupies an acre and a half around the circa 1900 farmhouse and is located at 125 Rosemont Rd, West Linn, OR.

The gardens include the Heirloom Garden with pre-WWI clematis, roses and cottage garden plants; the Beech Tree’s Garden with Japanese clematis species and cultivars in a bird-friendly setting with native plants and allies; the Front Bank featuring many North American native clematis; the Baltic Border with clematis hybrids from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia; three beds of Polish Clematis bred by Noll and Franczak; clematis from the International Clematis Society’s “Clematis for Beginners” list; the In-Steppe Garden features clematis native to the steppe regions of eastern Europe and central Asia, and their hybrids; west of the greenhouse re-blooming C. alpina and C. macropetala hybrids climb a 65′-long Viburnum tinus hedge; and the Founder’s Garden located around the sundial, contains Brewster Rogerson’s 40+ favorite clematis species and cultivars.

Tickets and Other Information

Tickets are $20. You can pick them up at Dennis’ Seven Dees Nursery (Lake Oswego, Cedar Hills, and S.E. Powell), Garden Fever Nursery (N.E. 24th), Portland Nursery (SE Stark St and S. E. Division), Gardener’s Choice (Tigard), and 13th St. Nursery (Salem). Cornell Farm (S.W. Barnes Rd) Al’s Garden Center (Gresham, Sherwood and Woodburn) and Boring Square Garden Center (Boring). You can also purchase a ticket on Saturday at the garden — Kinzy Faire.

All tickets packets include direction, tickets and garden descriptions.

Inviting Vines is a benefit for the internationally acclaimed Rogerson Clematis Collection, a provisional member of the North American Plant Collections Consortium. The Collection grows 730 taxa of clematis represented by over 1,700 plants.

Unusual clematis will be for sale at Kinzy Faire and the Rogerson Clematis Garden.

Kinzy Faire will be the only location Credit Cards will be accepted. We will be accepting cash or check at the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm.

See you there!

Brewster Rogerson Visits Clematis Collection

Posted by clematis on Saturday, February 28, 2015

From the City of Lake Oswego’s Council Digest

“On February 25, a group of very dedicated supporters visited with friend, Brewster Rogerson, for a farewell tour of the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm…” (Read more)

Events Schedule for Spring 2015

Posted by clematis on Sunday, February 1, 2015

Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection Events Schedule for Spring 2015

May 23 - Inviting Vines Garden Event

Hold the Date!

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Inviting Vines Tour will feature a single garden (and what a fabulous garden it is!} - Kinzy Faire in Estacada, Oregon. Kinzy Faire is the garden of Penny Vogel and the late Millie Kiggins. Long considered one of Oregon’s best, this rarely open and beloved garden will be open for a day of exploration and enjoyment. Join us as we witness the beautiful changes occurring as this garden passes to a new generation.

Tickets will be available at select local nurseries, from our members, and on this site.


Every Friday from 9:30 - 1:30. Work on the collection at Luscher Farm, both in the garden and in the greenhouse. It’s a great way to learn from the experts. Contact: Donna Soderberg: 971-777-4394 or djwwjd7610@aol.com

Docent Day is every fourth (4th) Wednesday 10:00 – 1:30 Beginning March 26. Learn how to lead visitors through our Botanical Gardens & greenhouse at the Rogerson Clematis Collection. Contact: Susan Toler 971-777-4394 or sst0916@hotmail.com

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